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FdEd Professional Practice in Early Years 0-8

Learn to become an early-years or pre-school carer through in-work and expert-led learning on this foundation degree.

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Course length

2 years

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Course overview

If you’re a child-minder, a pre-school learning leader or an early-years practitioner, you’ll benefit from the professional development opportunities that go hand-in-hand with this foundation degree.

It's designed to meet the exact but changing needs of employers, and will develop your knowledge and understanding of working with babies and young children.

The course is taught in the evenings, so you are able to continue working whilst you study.

You'll find yourself developing skills for the early childhood education and care sector, as well as gaining experience in an academic background and developing the attributes that employer’s value.

It will enable you to develop the skills, expertise and knowledge to apply for a Top-Up qualification including a qualification with Graduate Practitioner Status or a range of other professional education routes.

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

On-demand session

Education and Childhood Studies


Six reasons to study for a Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Early Years at Hull

  1. 94% graduate employability rating#
  2. 100% overall student satisfaction for this course
  3. Endorsed by industry body SEFDEY§
  4. Do part of your learning in your own workplace
  5. Combine work or volunteering with evening study
  6. Flexible learning methods including online study

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Foundations for Academic Practice

    You will be supported in identifying strategies to enhance your academic experience. This module provides opportunities to develop the skills required for study in higher education. Throughout the module several questions will be addressed: How do I reference accurately? What is a valid source of information? How do I present my work? And what is plagiarism?

    Early Child Development: Theory into Practice

    Discover the observational techniques for working with babies and young children. You'll carry out and evaluate observations of children relating to these child development concepts, giving due consideration to play and learning, children’s rights, diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Professional Reflective Practice: Listening to Young Children

    This module is focused on the concept of listening to babies' and young children's voices and behaviours, as they become aware of their own agency and independence, and your role in this developmental process.

    Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Babies, Children and Families

    You'll examine the current statutory framework and the impact this has on babies, young children, families and practitioners. You will explore the themes of leadership, communication and multiagency working whilst reflecting on previous case studies and how these have shaped current practice.

    Professional Reflective Practice: Learning Journeys

    Develop your skills in reflective learning on the practice of assessment and its purpose when working with babies and young children. You will have the opportunity to explore your own professional values and ethics through the key themes of professional responsibility and accountability.

    Social Inclusion

    You'll be introduced to social inclusion and the impact this can have on babies, young children and families, you will be exploring and reflecting on national and international policy and legislation and how these been developed to support inclusive practices that can mitigate barriers to inclusion.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Approaches to Research in Early Childhood Studies

    This module begins your journey into the exciting opportunity to delve into and explore a contemporary issue which you feel passionate about and that is relevant to your studies. The module will support you in developing the skills required to design and carry out a small scale research project in Trimester 2.

    Play Matters

    How do adults and environments in early years settings support young children’s learning? In this module you will explore the power that play and everyday experiences have on the development of babies and young children. You will reflect on the role you and others have in supporting them to make sense of the world.

    Professional Reflective Practice: Transitions

    Weaning? Toilet Training? Moving to school? Bereavement? All of these transitions happen daily in life but what impact can they have?  Through this module you will be introduced to and supported in exploring the impact transitions can have on babies, young children and families developing further understanding of the role these can have in the ecological context of child development.

    Action Research Project

    Delve into and explore a contemporary issue that you feel passionate about and that is relevant to your studies. You will have the opportunity to design and carry out a small scale research project which is relevant to your setting and your own professional development. 

    Supporting Children and Babies with SEND

    This module will support your knowledge and skills in relation to working with babies, children and families with Special Educational Needs and Disability. You will reflect on policies and legislations which exploring the inclusive strategies that support and enable learning from hands on activities to the use of Information technology. 

    Professional Reflective Practice: Innovative Practice and Alternative Pedagogies

    Explore the alternative and innovative pedagogies used around the world to support babies and young children in their developmental journey and explore a specific element to enhance your own practice, developing new skills and knowledge on the way.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Entry requirements

  • Appropriate for those returning to study
  • You must be working or volunteering in an appropriate setting with children in the age or stage range of 0-8 years.
  • The University requires evidence that you have a current satisfactory DBS disclosure.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application
  • Applicants should usually hold GCSE Grade A-C English qualification, or equivalent.

We welcome applicants of all ages, and we take into account life experiences as well as professional qualifications and awards. We do not ask for specific qualifications but look instead for motivation, a minimum of two years of childcare experience and evidence that you will be able to succeed in study at degree level.

A telephone interview or email conversation may be arranged with the Programme Director once your application has been received. Each application is considered on its own merits. You need to be confident that you can meet the demands of an undergraduate course, including the challenge of writing extended essays and reports. If you have any doubts, you can arrange for an advisory interview with the Programme Director prior to application. You must include a personal reference as part of your application.

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding




Please contact the Faculty of Education for details:

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,978 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of our website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Community, social or family support work
  • Early years practitioner
  • Supporting children with additional needs
  • Children’s services 
  • Community services 
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# Percentage of students from the education and childhood studies subject area who are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

† University of Hull analysis of unpublished NSS data

§ This course has been endorsed by, and received a badge of excellence from, SEFDEY (Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years)